October 30, 2009 |
There is a pivotal scene in "Skin," a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story plucked out of the mess of South Africa's apartheid, when young Sandra Laing's father shouts the good news to the family -- "She's white again." Surreal and ironic, the moment captures the sensibility of this ambitious if sometimes uneven indie film with its eye always on the larger issues of race to be found within one unusual life. Those three simple words turn out to be anything but good news for the dark-skinned Sandy, who was classified white at birth, then reclassified "colored" (mixed race)
January 29, 1989
Re: "Celebrity Tattooing, for the Skin They Love to Touch Up" by Jeannine Stein, Jan. 13. Dear Trendmongers, How can all these people getting tattoos think they are being anti-social or rebellious when they're doing it to be like everyone else they know? The terms trendy or conformist would be more suitable. No wonder California is known as the airhead capital of the world. People would wear toilet seats around their necks if their favorite moronic rock star did it. RON KAISSER Norwalk
September 25, 2013 |
Paul Karason, the man with blue skin and white beard, died this week. He was 62. Karason was being treated for pneumonia at the time of his death, and had also recently suffered a heart attack and a stroke, according to a report on Today.com . The world was first introduced to Karason and his blue-gray skin in 2008, when he went on the "Today" show to discuss his condition, known as argyria. At that time, the man who came to be known by many as a real-life Papa Smurf said he had been living with blue skin for at least 10 years.
June 20, 2011 |
A biological Jell-O with a structure as precise as a microchip's could someday be the surgeon's patch to seal large, deep wounds and help them regrow skin. Using techniques borrowed from silicon chip design, researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., created a network of channels in soft sheets of collagen, a main component of skin. Body cells fill those channels with blood vessels — and that crucial blood supply, in turn, coaxes skin to regrow. This tissue template, described online May 6 in the journal Biomaterials, works well in mice.
September 5, 2013 |
"You don't want to wake up, do you?" That's what you hear Scarlett Johansson whisper at the start of a new trailer for "Under the Skin," the provocative alien-on-Earth drama from director Jonathan Glazer ("Birth," "Sexy Beast") that premiered at last weekend's Telluride Film Festival before heading to the Venice Film Festival. As the preview makes clear, "Under the Skin" is a visually arresting movie filled with stunning images, including Johansson wearing very few clothes.
November 5, 2010 |
My 86-year-old sister takes amitriptyline. I worry that this drug could be affecting her balance. She uses a cane and always seems unsteady on her feet. She has fallen many times. Is amitriptyline safe for someone her age? This antidepressant is generally considered inappropriate for older people. Although it is sometimes prescribed to ease nerve pain or help people sleep, amitriptyline can cause mental confusion, lack of coordination, dizziness, dry mouth, blurred vision and constipation.